So many parents feel overwhelmed by the IEP process and dread walking into their next IEP meeting, but at the same time wanting to have the information they need to be their child’s advocate! Having an in-depth understanding of the IEP and what every IEP goal needs can give you the confidence you need to be a part of your child’s IEP team and be their greatest champion!
IEP goals are what I call “the heart and soul” of the IEP. Often times people want to jump right to services because they just want to know what their child will get. I’m here to tell you that without good solid IEP goals, services are just words on a paper.
So, what goes into a good IEP goal?
The 6 Parts Every IEP Goal Needs
I created the “rainbow rule” to help teams write life-changing IEP goals that include each of the 6 parts every IEP goal needs. Make sure you have each color of the rainbow in the goal and you are ready to go!
Every IEP goal needs to have the date that the goal will be reviewed. Generally, this will be a year from the date the goal is written.
Every IEP goal needs to include the location of where the goal is expected to be met. This does NOT mean this is the only place that a goal will be worked on. For example, a social goal may be written to be met on the playground, that doesn’t mean they won’t be working on that skill in varied locations.
Yellow: Skills to be worked on
This part of the goal is what skill is actually going to be worked on. This should be as specific as possible and based on data from the present levels.
This can be confusing so let me simplify. This is just how accurate they are expected to be in the skill above. This is referring to how consistent the student will be in showing they can perform the skill.
While accuracy shows how accurate they will be in performing the skill, consistency says how over what duration they will need to be able to show the accuracy. Again- this does not mean how long they will be working on the skill.
This part of the goal merely identifies how the team will measure the goal. This is often overlooked but it is important because you want to make sure there is a plan to collect good data on the goal.
You Can Be The Expert, Too!
Writing good IEP goals is an art and takes time to learn, but now that you know what needs to be in every goal you are well on your way to becoming your child’s best advocate!
Use this “rainbow rule” cheat sheet to help you and the school team write IEP goals with ease!